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We’ve enjoyed a spotless safety track record over 20 years at the top of our field.

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We support 30,000 patient appointments each year, 96% of which were rated 5*.

Medically Reviewed 13 February 2024, by Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396) - founder of the Cadogan Clinic and one of the world's leading plastic surgeons

What Is Cellulite Treatment?

At Cadogan Clinic, our consultant surgeons perform cellulite treatment using Cellulaze, non-surgical method of reducing its appearance in the skin.

Cellulite affects people of all ages, shapes and sizes including those who are very slim - despite common misconceptions. Cellulite typically affects areas of the body where there are higher levels of fat such as the thighs, buttocks, hips, upper arms and back. Cellulite affects roughly 85% – 95% of women and 20% of men in Britain.

Cellulite is caused by the bands of connective tissue beneath the skin which surround the fat cells, becoming tight and inflexible. Pockets of fat which are trapped by the rigid bands begin to push up against the skin, causing a textured appearance. In areas where the skin is thin, this will be more prominent.

Cellulaze is a sophisticated laser treatment that releases the tight bands of connective tissue under the skin, to reduce the appearance of cellulite, whilst also tightening the overlying skin.

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Cellulite Treatment (Cellulaze)
At a glance

Surgery Time

1 hours (depends on the number of areas)

Time off work

3 days at most

Hospital Stay

Day Case


Shower after 3 days

Reasonable Mobility



1 - 2 weeks

Bras & Garments

Worn for 1 - 2 weeks

Sexual Activity

Restricted activity 3 days

Full Recovery

1 - 2 weeks


1 week at most

Before and after Cellulaze

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Why do people have Cellulite Treatment?

Why do people have it & Who is suittable

Many people who are affected by cellulite find that it impacts their self-esteem, often meaning they don’t feel comfortable wearing certain clothing such as skirts, shorts, and swimwear. Cellulite typically occurs in the thighs, hips, and buttocks due to natural bodily fat storage, which makes leg cellulite treatment a frequent concern for patients. Cellulaze, our chosen cellulite treatment in London, provides a one-off treatment to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite with minimal downtime and effective results. Cellulaze also tightens and contours the treatment area, providing a full result. Because cellulite typically affects women more than it does men, cellulite treatment before and after cases often see our female patients enjoying the freedom of baring their legs in warmer months.

Who is suitable for Cellulite Treatment?

During your bespoke one to one consultation, your surgeon will assess your suitability for London Cellulite treatment at our clinic in Chelsea.

Your surgeon will examine the areas of cellulite you are concerned about and discuss whether Cellulaze is an appropriate treatment for you. They will ask whether you are at a stable weight as this will impact your final surgical results. They will also assess your general physical and mental health to make sure you are suitable for a procedure under general anaesthetic, this may include your weight, and any medical and mental conditions you have. You must be over 18 to have Cellulaze.

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The cost of Cellulite Treatment (Cellulaze)

To get more information on pricing for Cellulite Treatment, please contact our dedicated Surgical Patient Advisors on 0207 901 8500 or complete the online form opposite.

We offer a range of payment options, including finance packages starting at 0% interest.

Cadogan Clinic has collaborated with Chrysalis Finance to offer a variety of payment choices for our patients including:
12 months 0% Interest-free - APR
24 - 60 months at 14.9% APR
Flexible Finance

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Included in this treatment

Up to two 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea

Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence

24/7 on call nurse assistance

Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan

A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery

Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses

What is Cellulaze?

Cellulaze is the world's first laser treatment that reduces cellulite by directly targeting the structures beneath the surface of the skin - allowing for a long-term result. The treatment increases the thickness of the skin, treats the bulging fat, and releases the fibrous bands reducing the dimpled and textured appearance of the cellulite.

Cellulaze delivers longer-lasting results because it directly treats the cause of the cellulite - the rigid bands that trap the pockets of fat, causing them to push against the skin. This makes it much more effective than treatment options which only work at skin level. Many products make promises they’re not able to deliver on as to treat cellulite effectively, the bands of connective tissue need to be released, and this is not possible with topical creams.

What is the difference between Cellulaze and Liposuction?

Cellulaze and Liposuction treat different concerns, however many patients may be uncertain about which will best achieve their goals.

Liposuction physically removes excess, stubborn fat from specific areas of the body. This can also contour and shape the body.

Cellulaze treats pockets of cellulite resulting in firmer skin, but does not remove fat. In some instances, your surgeon may recommend a combination of both Liposuction and Cellulaze. 

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We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no known reason why cellulite develops but certain risk factors that may contribute to the development of cellulite include;

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Hormone changes throughout life, such as pregnancy and menopause
  • Loss of tone and elasticity due to ageing
  • Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor nutrition

The Cellulaze procedure is an innovative treatment to combat the effects and symptoms of cellulite by attacking the very structure of the cellulite cells.

Cellulite occurs when underlying tissue bands stiffen and the fat cells they surround enlarge, pushing up against the skin to create the effect recognized as cellulite. The cellulaze procedure pulses a laser wavelength under the skin via a tiny fibroptic cable to target the cellulite at its source in the underlying tissue. The pulse gradually heats the skin to melt away the fat and release the fibrous bands contributing to the cellulite 'look', replacing it with a more even look. The laser energy finally stimulates collagen production to increase skin elasticity.

In just one treatment Cellulaze can visually improve the appearance of cellulite, increase skin thickness and elasticity and produce measurable clinical improvements lasting a full year or longer.

Cellulaze is the first and only minimally invasive cellulite treatment to be supported by clinical evidence under trial conditions.

Most commonly, cellulite appears in areas where fat deposits are most concentrated. These typically include:

  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs (saddlebags)

Cellulaze is an appropriate treatment to treat cellulite wherever it appears on the body, and it is also common to treat the following areas:

  • Bra strap
  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Face
  • Knees
  • Mons pubis
  • Neck
  • Upper arms

Our Cellulaze procedures are performed by Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi, a leading surgeon and pioneer of new techniques and surgical innovations. Mr Al-Ayoubi fully developed the concept of Laser-Assisted Liposuction and was the first surgeon to introduce all generations of SmartLipo and Cellulaze laser into the UK.

Whilst there are several alternative treatments for cellulite removal, the best treatment for cellulite involve powerful laser solutions such as Cellulaze and Smart Lipo since results are clinically proven, long term and can be achieved in a single session.

Other non–laser alternatives include:

  • losing weight, e.g. exercise, diet
  • applying topical creams and lotions
  • professional treatments, e.g. massaging and collagen stimulation

These are unable to deliver as long-lasting or fully visible results as Cellulaze as their action does not target the underlying structure of the cellulite formation.

For example, whilst diet and exercise can help hugely in terms of fat loss, the associated restoration of skin elasticity that is achieved by laser is not possible. Creams are only able to achieve this tightening effect temporarily through the action of active ingredient caffeine and are unable to yield long-term results.

There are several ways to eliminate cellulite and get rid of cellulite symptoms.

Non-invasive alternatives include losing weight, applying topical creams and lotions and undergoing professional treatments such as massage and collagen stimulation. These alternatives aim to treat the condition only superficially by working at the skin's surface going some way to reduce cellulite symptoms but are unable to fully eliminate cellulite or get rid of cellulite completely.

We always recommend minimally invasive laser techniques such as Cellulaze or Smart Lipo if you want to fully remove cellulite.

  • Losing weight: dieting and exercise combats cellulite by reducing the number of fat cells in the body. But fat cells themselves are only half of the equation. If your skin elasticity isn't restored simultaneously the overall effect can be sagging which make the bumps look worse.
  • Topical solutions: the easiest of all the solutions but the most temporary in terms of results. Caffeine is typically leveraged as an active ingredient to make the bumps look smoother, or else Vitamin A derivatives are used to thicken the outer layer of the skin. These treatments are only temporary however
  • Professional Treatments: massage and suction techniques are used to boost circulation and stimulate collagen production. You'll probably need about six sessions to start seeing your results. These aren't fully effective, however, and you can expect to see a 50% reduction of symptoms at best

Yes, we do recommend Smart Lipo as a potential alternative.

Smart Lipo, which requires local anaesthesia, involves the removal of the fat cells by rupturing them with a laser. This solution achieves the most permanent and long-lasting results.

To find out more about the full spectrum of ways to eliminate cellulite at Cadogan Clinic, speak to one of our specialist advisors.

It is said that 95% of females have cellulite, and it is normal.

It is much rarer in men and this is thought to be due to the fact that there is less fat in men in the areas where we see cellulite.

Men also have a different arrangement of fat in the superficial layer of skin, which are arranged flatter, rather than as vertical columns. The influence of female hormones in cellulite is mainly down to fat distribution, as it is at puberty that girls develop fat over the buttocks, hips and lower abdomen where cellulite most commonly occurs.

The Cellulaze procedure itself lasts from between one to two hours, depending on the size and number of areas being treated.

Treatment is done under light general anaesthetic.

You will typically only require one single treatment. In cases of particularly stubborn cellulite, a stepped programme may be recommended.

Some results will be visible immediately, although it typically takes between 3 – 6 months to see your results in full.

Cellulaze cellulite treatment results are permanent as it is the underlying structures of cellulite that are targeted by this high powered laser treatment.

That said, cellulite tends to worsen with age, so over time you might see the condition gradually return. You will be starting from a far improved position, however.

You should avoid gaining or losing too much weight to preserve your results.

Pain is managed completely by anaesthetic during the procedure. You may have some bruising or swelling post-procedure, but this is easily managed with painkillers.

Yes, it is very safe. Cellulaze lasers are precisely controlled by your surgeon and contain built-in safety mechanisms to prevent misfiring.

Cellulaze laser treatment is FDA and CE approved.

Cellulaze recovery time is always quick since the procedure is minimally invasive and requires light general anaesthesia.

This means that you can be back to normal daily activities within just a day or two. Cellulaze recovery may involve wearing a compression garment for a short period after treatment, but your doctor will advise according to his or her preferred recovery process.

Yes, cellulite generally worsens as our skin loses its elasticity and becomes saggy due to a lack of collagen. These are key elements of the ageing process.

Whilst your results will be permanent for the treated area, it is possible that with age additional cellulite forms in the region.

Your consultant will explain this in detail at your consultation.

Words from Our Founder

Mr. Bryan Mayou

Cellulaze is a breakthrough in cellulite treatment, providing impressive results. In the four decades I have worked in cosmetic surgery, it is always exciting to see new developments that can provide permanent and effective results where other treatments haven't quite met the mark. By targeting the cause of cellulite, Cellulaze provides a smooth appearance to any affected area. I am pleased that Cadogan Clinic has been able to help pioneer this procedure.
Mr. Bryan Mayou

A state of the art, award winning clinic.

Founded in 2004 by world renowned plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, we now work with over 100 leading consultants and successfully treat over 20,000 patients each year. We have been winning industry awards since inception.

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Best in Class Facilities

All of our treatments take place at our beautiful boutique premises in Chelsea. We have six consulting rooms and five operating rooms, as well as a dedicated pre and post-operative suite, and a full team of specialist nursing staff.

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A Strong Tradition of Innovation

We were founded in 2004 by world renown plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, best known for his pioneering work in the area of liposuction, lasers and microvascular surgery. We continue to collaborate with pioneers in our field.

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The Risks of Cellulite Treatment

When considering Cellulite Treatment, it is vital to understand the potential risks and complications that can arise. Your surgeon will explain these complications in your consultation, as well as how they would be addressed and anything you may need to do to reduce your personal risk.

The complications your surgeon will discuss with you are:

  • Hematoma - This is the build-up of blood beneath the skin and will require treatment from your surgeon
  • Seroma - This is the formation of a lump under the skin caused by build up of fluid around the incision sites. This will require treatment from your surgeon.
  • Poor wound healing - Healing complications or infection can affect the surgical sites
  • Asymmetry - Occasionally, the treated areas may appear uneven
  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Allergic reaction to general anaesthetic
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a vein)

In certain instances, a revision surgery may be required. The need for secondary surgery can arise due to factors beyond the surgeon’s control and is not an indication of your surgeon’s qualifications or skill. Our consultant surgeons have performed Cellulite Treatment numerous times.

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